Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dinny sinks sorry Saints

Sub Corcoran helps Sligo beat drop as Pat's suffer

Dinny Corcoran celebrates
Dinny Corcoran celebrates

Dinny Corcoran got himself in a spot of bother with his club, Sligo Rovers, when it emerged this month that he played in a Gaelic football club match on the same weekend as a first-team game for the League of Ireland side.

But the Dubliner will be forgiven just about anything by those who worship the Bit O'Red after he pulled off the perfect super-sub act in Richmond Park last night.

Corcoran came off the bench and scored two goals in the space of 11 minutes to give Sligo a 2-0 win away to St Patrick's Athletic which had a major impact on matters at both ends of the table.

The win means that Sligo are safe from automatic relegation and only an extremely unlikely series of results on the final day of the season next weekend, including a 13-goal swing, would see Sligo go into the relegation play-off.

Defeat for St Pats - this their seventh loss in nine games - means that their painful wait to secure European football for next season goes on as, should the Saints lose to Galway next weekend and if Bohemians win at home to Cork City, the Gypsies would pip the Saints to that final Europa League slot.

Corcoran left Bohs for Sligo at the end of last season but the big striker has kept his former club in his heart and at least in the hunt for Europe, the fact that he played for St Patrick's of Donabate in the final of the Dublin Intermediate Championship earlier this month, while on the books of Sligo, is now forgotten.

It was another night of misery and frustration for Pats who, yet again, had possession but no penetration.

One point from two home games this week would have sealed Europe for the Saints but with these back to back losses, they could even miss out.

Chris Fagan could have had the Saints in front on 24 minutes but his effort was bettered by the save of keeper Richard Brush.

Sligo, their fans aware that Limerick (the only side below them in the table at the start of last night's events) were losing at home to Shamrock Rovers, seemed to grow in confidence and with Jennison Myrie-Williams in good form, began to threaten with Gavin Peers, Gary Boylan and Sander Puri all having a go.

Micky Adams brought on Corcoran 11 minutes into the second half and on 65 minutes he had Rovers in front, heading past Conor O'Malley after Pats had failed to clear Williams' cross.

English import Williams had a hand in the second goal, as he burst through the Saints defence with a strong run and was felled in the box by keeper O'Malley, Corcoran stepping up top take and convert the penalty kick.

Corcoran almost had a hat-trick 12 minutes from time only to see his shot go wide, but he had earned his keep already.

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